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How to make stuff FLOAT in your photos!

August 4, 2019

– What’s up everybody? Today we’re talking
about how to make objects look like they’re floating, and no Hogwarts required. That’s a terrible joke, it
sounded better when I… Yeah, intro. (exciting energetic music) Okay, there’s a few ways to do this. There’s a really easy way,
you just take like 200 photos until you get the one you like, or if you’re in a studio,
or a house, your apartment, your loft, your flat, your
school, your kitchen, whatever, there’s a couple things you
can buy to make it easier, tape, fishing line,
command hooks, bathtub rod. So what do you do with all these objects? Essentially we’re trying to make an object look like it’s floating. Like I said earlier, you
can literally toss it up a bunch of times, and with
a camera that has really fast shudder, you can
just snap that photo until you’re happy with what you get. Sometimes that’s what I do. If I’m outside and I have
no where to hang something, I’ll just throw it up in the air 200 times until I get one that I like, done. A bit time consuming. Now for those of us who
wanna put a little more time into it and control the atmosphere and the overall outlook of the photo, you can hang it. And then you go into Photoshop
after and you, whoop, Photoshop out that fishing line. Okay, if you don’t have
anywhere to hang something, use the bathtub rod, extend it, stick it between two walls,
stick it between a door frame, stick it between whatever,
something so that you have an anchor point to tie and
hang some fishing line. If you don’t wanna do the bathtub rod, you can buy these command hooks. Just grab some fishing
line, thread it through that command hook, put
that sticky tab on it, stick it to the ceiling,
stick it to your doorframe. Pull on it, just to make
sure it’s tight, good to go. Let’s just say because
I’m obsessed with coffee, we’re gonna float, you
guessed it, a coffee mug. Tie the fishing line to the mug, make sure it’s not gonna fall. Add a little bit of coffee
to that mug for realism, because hey, details matter, and we’re all about details here. And just make sure it
hangs and doesn’t fall. Stand in front of it, take a photo, you can do that with the self timer, or you can do it with a remote. A remote’s nice and easy
because you can wait until that object spins to the right angle, and then just snap a
photo with your remote, you’re good to go. Your object is now floating,
boom, no dark arts required! Still not funny, is it? Okay, we’re almost there. Can’t post the photo yet
because it look stupid with that fishing line visible, unless that’s what you’re into and you think that’s cool, then you know, art is subjective, have at it. We’re gonna get rid of that fishing line. (light snapping) I’m gonna show you guys how. Okay everybody, you’re
gonna pull those images into light room, pick the one you like, so let’s cycle through a few of these. Check out our options. That’s a pretty cool
one, I five star that. Hit number five on your keyboard. That’s a cool one, I dig that one. Five star that on my keyboard. I think this one looks pretty cool, that might be my favorite. So you know what, I’ll
change these back to four because this one’s my favorite. Ah, that one’s pretty cool too, boom. I like these too, so we’re
gonna work with those. So come in here, do your
quick color correction, pump the exposure up a little bit, let’s bring those highlights
down, a little more black, higher on the whites, that clarity. Look at that clarity. So from zero, you slide that up, see the contrast that brings
in, that’s pretty cool. Let’s do a little bit of that. This is looking pretty good, okay. So after you have done your
edits on this that you like, you can go to the next
photo in light room, and hit previous, and it
will do all the same edits to that photo. So now we’ve got both
of these that we like. Let’s highlight both of
those and export them into our folder, hit desktop,
make stuff float, boom. Choose and export. Okay, so now we gotta hop
into Photoshop and piece out that fishing line, unless like I said, you
wanna keep that in there. But we’re gonna get rid of it. Super easy, don’t freak out. I know people are probably like… (loud gasping) I’ve never used, like I don’t… Way easier than you think. You’re gonna be like, oh my god, what else can I get rid of in photos. This is a big tip, you’re gonna love this. Okay, so now we’re in Photoshop, we’re gonna grab our two photos. Let’s start with… Let’s start with this
one, that’s a good one. Drag that into Photoshop
and boop, here we are. This is what’s cool
about the band aid tool. You’re gonna come over here,
spot healing brush, band aid. For those of you who have never done this, I’m about to blow your
mind, check this out. Grab the spot healing band aid tool, it’s this one right here. Click on this, hold it down,
drag all the way down to here, let go, oh my goodness,
that fishing line is gone. So all ready, it’s looking pretty cool. We just gotta get rid of the
rest of the fishing line. So we’re gonna do it in stages. Sometimes it can get
tricky, like for example, see this area right here? And I’ll get the brush
tool so you guys can see. This area right here,
it’s a little harder to do because we’ve got the
difference of contrast between the wall and my shirt. This is a horrible mess. But we can still do that. We’re just gonna make the
brush size a little bigger. Make the brush size
right about there, gone. Just like that, it’s gone. It’s magic, I don’t know
how else to explain it. That is pure magic, you
literally click on something, it’s gone. It’s amazing, it blows my mind. I love using Photoshop. So we gotta get rid of the rest of this. One thing to point out,
don’t get ahead of yourself. You don’t wanna get rid of the
whole fishing line at once, because if you do that, look at this. (light whistling) (man grunting) What just happened? A little bit too much to process there. We gotta go bit by bit. Now when we get to the wall,
we’re gonna bring that brush size down a little bit, and we’re gonna go little by little. We don’t need to go overkill and do a ton. Just a little bit at a time. Don’t do the whole thing at once, it’s not gonna look as
good as you think it will. Don’t get excited, I know it’s easy. Okay, so we got that out of the way. Come up here, a little bit at a time. Baby steps people, baby steps. Oh, look at this, look at that. We are painting away the past
to make way for the future. I don’t know what that means. Just get in here with the shadow. Whoop, okay, that fishing
line, ladies and gentlemen, is just about completely gone. We get that little knot on the
end of the cup to get rid of. Not to worry, a little bit
at a time, paint that away. It’s so easy when black is the
background too, by the way. Let’s just get rid of that to here. Boom, boom, we’re just clicking. We’re doing baby steps, folks. Just a little bit, a
little bit, a little bit. (soft peaceful music) A little bit more. Look at that, that’s the most
insane thing I’ve ever seen. Now you have a floating cup
and no explanation for it. Now I’ll add some more creative edits, we’re gonna get into
this in another tutorial, but we’ll dress up the
photo a little more. Fast forward here so you can see it. Okay, remember that lens
distortion app I told you guys to download in order to
take better iPhone photos? You can use the same
thing on your desktop. You go through, you find
the lens distortions, you pick a light hit, anything you want. I like this light hit 30,
you drag it into Photoshop. You zoom out, you make it
the size that you want. You hit Enter, you come down,
you hit that Play button, and boom, beautiful light hit. The windows on the left side here. So we’re gonna have that
coming in from the left, because it doesn’t make sense if it’s coming in from the right. So we’re coming in from the left here, nice little light flare, it looks dope. Let’s bring that in a little bit more. Perfect, pump that
saturation a little bit more, that contrast. Ooh wee, that’s looking moody. F to preview, F to preview again. Command plus to make that
full screen and look at that. That’s pretty cool. And all we used was some
fishing line, a command hook, and a couple quick edits in Photoshop. You post that online and
people are gonna be like, wait, what? You can throw it up a bunch of times, but if you’ve got coffee in
a mug and you’re throwing that in the air to get a photo, you know what, tag me in
that, I’d love to see it. We got the before, with
that big line there. And then we’ve got the after. How cool is that? How cool is that? Before, zip! It’s magic. Before, zip! I can do that all day. Look at that, woo! Not too bad, you guys just
learned a new skill today. I wanna see stuff floating, tag me! So there you have it, you can now float objects in your photos. Get creative with this,
maybe you’re doing engagement shoots for a couple, you
can float both the rings with both of their hands,
that’s a good idea. You’re welcome. Coffee connoisseur? Float a coffee mug, float a deck of cards, that seems to be a recurring theme. Float anything you want. You can actually go to
Walmart and buy command hooks that can hold up to 20 pounds. So maybe a cool idea is
taking a portrait of somebody and having them float that
very portrait in a frame, in the photo, that’s cool. All right, that’s it for me today. If you like this video,
hit that Like button, share it, whatever you want, comment. What are you gonna float? See you guys in the next tutorial, peace! You guys ever notice I do this a lot? I talk with my hands a lot. I feel like it would be so weird
if I just stood there like, we’re gonna talk about
floating objects today. You can float a coffee mug. (man grunting) Can’t do it. (soft exciting music)


  • Reply kujomo September 25, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Son: Dad, can we float our cat?
    Dad: Excellent idea! I'll get the duct tape.

  • Reply Tom Castner September 27, 2018 at 1:39 am

    There is a much easier way of doing this. This is way more complicated

  • Reply Mario Morales September 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Cool funny guy

  • Reply studgirl3232 October 5, 2018 at 2:25 am

    I am going to try this that was so awesome.. I’m an up and coming photographer .. do you have an Instagram?

  • Reply Trim bunjaku October 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Why not capture it while thrown in air??

  • Reply RENZO JAMES October 8, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Wow magiiic 😱

  • Reply FJ Boxing October 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Can you do this with the iPhone?

  • Reply Richie Sainz October 11, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Good stuff man thanks

  • Reply Nisarg Chaudhari October 16, 2018 at 1:41 am

    for straight lines like this thread, or electricity cables…. with heal tool click at the starting point, hold down SHIFT, and click at the end point…… and it'll draw a straight line of the heal tool all the way. saves time! 🙂

  • Reply Miou Kim October 19, 2018 at 6:45 am

    luv ya! always helpful!

  • Reply taylor t. jerry October 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    does the color of the string matter? i have some different colored string that i think would support the weight of what i want to float.

  • Reply Asif Kabir MAK October 23, 2018 at 9:12 am

    very Awesome 😍😍

  • Reply Harshad Joshi October 28, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Dope indded!! 👏

  • Reply Mohibur Rahman October 29, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Christian Bale? Is that you?

  • Reply ney ney November 2, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Wooooow this is sooo cool

  • Reply DIY Scrub November 7, 2018 at 7:17 am

    What photoshop software did he use though? Thanks

  • Reply Jana November 14, 2018 at 11:46 am

    your videos are just amaze, gigantic thanks

  • Reply KailorenPlays November 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Actually love this video but instead of exporting as jpg then opening it in PS why not just right click the image in LR and select "edit in Adobe PhotoShop", then it saves back to LR when you close PS

  • Reply li li November 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    i know i'm late but …YOU ARE THE MAN thank you for all you do for us creators

  • Reply Logan Twist November 18, 2018 at 9:05 am

    This guy is totally high😂

  • Reply Alex Mizann November 19, 2018 at 10:11 am

    throws mug into the air

  • Reply lauren squire November 19, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    We have tried something a bit different to this today, looking forward to sharing with you 😊📷

  • Reply David Miller November 21, 2018 at 4:17 am

    I'm here for the education and entertainment. I'm toggling video post-production, graphic design, web design and development, and the keyboard.

  • Reply Rhinojaxx November 21, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    i dunno what floats my boat…

  • Reply Stanisla Win November 22, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Все привет! ПОДПИШИСЬ пожалуйста на мой инстаграм. Я там занимаюсь творчеством Спасибо!!!!

  • Reply Rapha Carpio November 26, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Someone knows where can i get lens distortions for free?

  • Reply James Films November 27, 2018 at 11:21 am

    The photo is cool and all but I'm interested in the video of the cup spinning at the very end.

    There is no way you went through that frame by frame on photoshop

  • Reply Reni Putri Gemini November 30, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    snapseed will do that for me 😀

  • Reply Vanessa December 2, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Might be silly question but, should i get a tripod for camera and phone although am not a photograoher? Just like to take photos when i travel but i dont like to ask people to take it for me? Would you adivce me to get one or not? 🙂

  • Reply Now You See It Technologies December 16, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Im going to float a coffee cup with coffee coming out

  • Reply Юлія Білик December 25, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you! Hello from Kyiv, Ukraine. I watch you;)🎄 Marry Christmas!

  • Reply Trickery December 27, 2018 at 2:49 am

    yeah i dont float with the lens distortion but good vid

  • Reply Vetnurselife December 27, 2018 at 7:27 am

    I will float air

  • Reply J-Mac's Amateur Kitchen January 4, 2019 at 12:37 am

    But how does David Blaine do it?

  • Reply amel shaoui January 4, 2019 at 11:47 am

    perfectoooo 👏

  • Reply paul sheriff January 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    or you could just look for a picture of a cup on google and cut round it a lair in into the picture ..but still its good to do things and learn for me it would be just as easy to ..just take a picture of you even holding the cup then and it in with a new adjustment layer

  • Reply Thanga Saravanan January 6, 2019 at 5:56 am

    how do you boost though your videos?

  • Reply thethreeislands January 7, 2019 at 6:19 am

    One thing that Peter knows and executes well, is not only how to be informative but how to be entertaining. Most videos on photography come off quite dry but Peter has me watching all the way to the end every time

  • Reply AC4 Custom Creations January 8, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I wanted to float a desk top vanity I recently made but…its about 40 lbs and very awkward, ill find a different creative route to showcase it

  • Reply sad D January 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Обожнюю твої відео! ))

  • Reply Abhishek Tirunagri January 11, 2019 at 5:15 am

    That… "Zoooop" 😂😂😂😂

  • Reply Rahul Saikia January 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    You are awsome man …

  • Reply Pixel Art January 14, 2019 at 4:52 am

    I don’t like your topics and talk,still subscribe….d.crazy mode

  • Reply creativeKayt January 17, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Levi-O-saaaa! (swish and flick)

  • Reply Topwater Films January 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    How do you float objects for VIDEO????? I'd like to see a tutorial on this! Thanks Pete!

  • Reply Raiez njr January 24, 2019 at 10:33 am

    8:24 coffee spilling out of the cup while floating would be lit.. Do that Peter.

  • Reply Manos F January 24, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Orrrrrr Photoshop

  • Reply Rachana Kakani January 28, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    haters will say its photoshop

  • Reply Richard Abmeg January 30, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I was an international studnt in Canada about a year ago for about five months. Therefore, when I saw the Tim Hortons cup in the Video, therefore when I saw the Tim Hortons Cup, I instantly got hardcore cravings 😀

  • Reply Chris Stratmann February 9, 2019 at 10:19 am

    great pic and so simple

  • Reply Riccardo Menetti February 11, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Song id?

  • Reply S Tra February 14, 2019 at 8:05 am

    This is too time consuming. You can just buy a levitating cup at Walmart for 11.99.

  • Reply The Breath of Iceland February 15, 2019 at 10:06 am

    It´s SO funny to watch your early videos compaired with the ones you make today! Shows how you have improoved in every way! Thats what I am planing!! 😀 Great video btw…trying it! hehe

  • Reply Dog Eyes February 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Where'you Download that light?

  • Reply Zaneta Padilla February 17, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Why do you export the photo first, instead of use Bridge straight fromLR?

  • Reply Jules Sanchez February 19, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Nice video, you had me laughing there ! Photoshop is a awesome tool, so much that you do, so much to learn…..

  • Reply sceptic February 19, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    phhwhats up!! everybody

  • Reply sceptic February 19, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    phhwow! everybody

  • Reply Antbliss '_' February 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    5:24 my reaction to exiting incognito mode

  • Reply Robert Bačić February 23, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I hit subscribe button after only 10 seconds…

  • Reply Sam V Paul February 24, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Amazing man… Loved it

  • Reply Nicole official February 26, 2019 at 8:24 am

    i love your VDO

  • Reply Zach Janury March 3, 2019 at 4:42 am

    you can just throw the mug up in the air and increase the shutter lmao be careful not to miss the landing with your hands tho

  • Reply T K March 5, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    So This is Where The Legendary Phwats Up!

  • Reply Omar March 10, 2019 at 10:19 am

    great video!
    But why are you using a mac ? 😀

  • Reply Silgi Silgi March 12, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Painting away the past to make way for the future …..
    Woooooh what soes that even mean ??

  • Reply Николай Куприков March 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    This is simple, but how to make FLOAT objects in video? in cinemagraph?

  • Reply - - March 17, 2019 at 9:46 am

    does anyone know any websites where i can find unedited photos for me to practice from?

  • Reply e11even March 22, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    please could you photoshop an image of your choice on my instagram @vision.nova

  • Reply Rex Owen Waide March 26, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Great demonstration to build a foundation of skills. Binge watching all day at work…er, at home I mean, on my free time, not at work, or they'll float my paycheck.

  • Reply Alejandro Penner March 29, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Hey Pete 👋 – 018

  • Reply BFS Bev March 30, 2019 at 5:56 am

    How cool!

  • Reply Jonas Friese March 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    This photo would be a great template for some awesome artwork coming out the cup

  • Reply Василий Атанасов March 30, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    This is awesome! It's the second video of yours that I'm watching and I'm definitely subscribing, oh I already did it!

  • Reply WiNDiAN ArJuN April 10, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Shoot a video and take that frame out, which you want. Hope it works.

  • Reply Royal Learning Time April 12, 2019 at 2:27 am

    My question is how many times did you get tagged in a photo of someone throwing up a coffee cup with coffee 😂😂😂

  • Reply Robin Black April 12, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    "knot to worry" hahahahaaaaaaaa

  • Reply Marton Denes April 13, 2019 at 8:33 am

    This was the time i started watching peter.
    He’s now a really big youtuber…
    I’m so proud of you man!

  • Reply Ara Torosyan April 14, 2019 at 1:46 am

    uhhh, or just clone stamp?

  • Reply KD Hassan April 17, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I really love to Lorne from u brother thanks for the videos

  • Reply Cool Dog April 22, 2019 at 5:11 am

    I would just chuck the mug up and time the photo well 🤨

  • Reply Dogeinator April 22, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Is the command hook strong enough to hang my cat (he's fat)?

  • Reply n Mitri April 24, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    yo Pete 🙂 can u help me by adding more tutorials of Photoshop?

  • Reply Let’s Switch It Up April 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Peter: You guys should float stuff, tag me in that.
    Me: Umm, you’re getting kinda obsessed with floating… is everything okay?
    Peter: Don’t be silly, we all float!
    Me: …What?
    Peter: You’ll float too!
    Me: Oh gOD NO

  • Reply Mag1c May 5, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I want to float my phone and take a selfie :))

  • Reply Bouquet M. May 10, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Just stumbling trying to find a motivation to get back using Photoshop to create arts again. I guess I'm at the right place! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply D C May 16, 2019 at 12:13 am

    So sickk

  • Reply Vegan ManKind May 20, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Why do you edit in Lightroom because you can do all the same things in Photoshop?

  • Reply Hamed Mahikar May 31, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    The only and the one

  • Reply Jeremy Horror June 6, 2019 at 11:11 am

    When it comes to editing your photos does it matter on what laptop you have?

  • Reply Sherrill Cardistry June 7, 2019 at 3:01 am

    youll float too

  • Reply Alina Galache June 8, 2019 at 12:18 am

    hahaha I though I was the only one that would be so excited while editing
    "before, after, before, after"
    a c u r a t e

  • Reply Samyadeep Purkayastha June 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    You're the best

  • Reply Andrew Slowther June 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    The pic with the cup, could it be David Beckham!?

  • Reply Azam Jamal June 19, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Even after 3 years till this day I still try to find what song this is please help

  • Reply Gary Smith June 20, 2019 at 8:13 am

    HEY PETE! Love the channel mate, so inspiring. What do you use for editing? Looks like a trackball in this clip? I thought you would use a grafix tablet, enjoying mine immensely, Hate the hair do, LONG HAIR LIVES FOREVA….HAHA joking, looks good, cheers man

  • Reply Michał Adamczyk June 23, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Fill -> content aware would do the job faster

  • Reply MYKxPro June 26, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Should I show you the easiest way to make things floating in your pictures? Drop that cup and draw focus on the floating object and record it. Pause the video and take a screenshot. Boom

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  • Reply F for Fanny June 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I love that youre so amazing and professional photographer but you enjoy using this one little tool so much

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